Recipe: Homemade Yogurt Fruit Leather

Recipe: Homemade Yogurt Fruit Leather

Let’s start today’s yogurt fruit leather recipe with a little story.

The other day I was on a quest to do something cool with my dehydrator that I got for Christmas. I wasn’t quite sure what the outcome would be, but I had read somewhere that you can dehydrate yogurt. Cool, right? I was told it would result in a sort of “taffy” texture. Well, I like taffy. And I like yogurt. So I went to town creating a raspberry yogurt taffy recipe.

When things don’t go as imagined

Well, it didn’t quite turn out as I thought. When my yogurt was finally all dried I certainly didn’t have this “oh it’s taffy!” moment. It was getting late, so I wrapped up my trays in some plastic, went to bed, and forgot all about them.

Two days later I walked into my kitchen to see my daughter and husband chowing down on my forgotten dehydrated yogurt experiment.

“These are great!” My husband said, as my little girl begged for more. “When did you make these homemade fruit roll ups?”

“Really?” I said, “You like them? I was kind of disappointed in the result.”

Homemade yogurt fruit leather. Super tasty with the benefits of yogurt!

It took a good five minutes of the hubs to convince me that they were good. I just needed to changed my perspective of what I had intended them to be. Taffy? No. But a wholesome, delicious, and nourishing fruit leather? Yes. I could get behind that.

Homemade yogurt fruit leather. Super tasty with the benefits of yogurt!

Yogurt fruit leather for the win!

There are a ton of fruit leather and fruit roll up recipes out there. And many of them are pretty great with simple ingredients: Fruit. But the reason why I love these yogurt fruit leathers is because it is a more complete package. You get a little fat, a little protein, some quality carbs, beneficial bacteria…. all rolled up into an easily portable yummy package.

Do you need a dehydrator for this?

Probably not, although I haven’t tried these in the oven. Just set your oven to the LOWEST temperature possible (maybe even crack the door a bit if it seems too hot). Although, if it’s in the funds, I’d highly recommend getting a dehydrator. They are such a great tool for making wholesome snacks.

Homemade yogurt fruit leather. Super tasty with the benefits of yogurt!



Homemade yogurt fruit leather. Super tasty with the benefits of yogurt!

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        1. Post author
          Robin Konie

          Set your oven on its very lowest setting… crack the door if it doesn’t go under 200. And then follow the same directions.

          1. Post author
            Robin Konie

            It really depends on your oven, house temperature, moisture. I’d start checking at four hours and just keep your eye on it, especially the first time you try it.

  1. Melissa Hesterman

    Hmmm… those look delightful. I love that they are a fruit leather WITH protein. So rare. Some day I may have to see if my awesome sister who has a dehydrator will let me try making them… or maybe I’ll win one. Here’s hoping!

  2. Nicolle

    I love the look of this recipe as I’m always looking for healthy treats for my 4 kids. Thanks for sharing. My only concern is I’ve heard that plastic wrap is so carcinogenic that it is banned in cancer wards in hospital. Not sure how we find out if that is true, but that would be my only reservation with this wonderful recipe/method. I have a dehydrator and BPA free vaccuum bags so I’m going to give it a try. Thank you.

  3. Shiela

    I was wondering if I could use parchment paper instead.
    …Cautious of heating plastic for anything for any amount of time because of chemical leaching.

    Have you tried it with parchment paper?

  4. Shiela

    Welp, if I had actually read the comments, I suppose I would’ve noticed my question had already been asked and answered. Thanks!

  5. Mindy W.

    Hey Robin, I love this idea! I got a dehydrator for my birthday last year and only got to try fruit leather once :( I will definitely be trying this soon especially because my little girl can have dairy now. I have been a huge fan of your site for a while and can always find something good to share with my followers, thanks! :)

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  8. Diana

    Love this recipe Robin! So easy to make and it looks so so delicious. I am so excited to make this. Your blog is just awesome. I love reading all your posts! I am always waiting for the next one to come up;)

  9. Andrea

    I made these over the weekend, and they were a hit! Surprisingly, with the picky one who I have been trying to find snack alternatives for. Thank you so much! The second batch is already in the dehydrator-doubled.

  10. Frisky

    Hey, I was wondering if this recipe MUST use full fat yogurt (I am responsible for someone that has very low tolerances to any types of fats, good or bad)

    1. Post author

      You can use whatever yogurt you like, of course. I just support using full fat because yogurt naturally has fat… meaning low-fat or non-fat yogurt is much more processed. :)

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  14. Lien

    If you have the Excalibur or any other dehydrator that allows for temp. Control, I recommend not heating over 115 to preserve the live active cultures in yogurt.

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  16. thuy

    Do you find that these are real “sticky”? My kids have braces and aren’t allowed chewy, sticky items that would be hard to brush out. I’ve been wanting to make these and the gummies but haven’t yet due to my concern. Thanks.

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    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I had mine for a week or two without any issues, but I generally go by the “if it smells iffy don’t use it” mantra.

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  23. Vera

    I’d like to make these!! But last time (and only time) I tried to dehydrate joghurt it was a complete mess because the joghurt seperated and the whey dripped all over the place. Any idea why that happened and how to avoid that?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Oh man! I’m sorry. I don’t know why that would happen, but truthfully I’m not an expert at dehydration (just got my own dehydrator last Christmas.) I didn’t have any issues like that with this recipe, but I understand why you’re hesitant to try. What kind of yogurt did you use?

      1. Vera

        hmmm, it’s a few years ago so I honestly don’t remember. Could’ve been homemade… I’m going to try it anyway with joghurt from the farmer. Have to figure out first what to put on the other trays.
        Can you use the special sheets from Excalibur?

        1. Post author
          Robin Konie

          I’m drawing a blank about what the sheets are like. You should be able to use anything that doesn’t have any holes in it as this does start out as a thick liquid.

  24. Bethanie

    mmmm look delicious. I don’t have a dehydrator so its a must try with the oven! they sure look like perfect after school snacks for me- a teenager with a not fussy attitude towards food!!! ;)

  25. Mikki

    If you substitute another fruit, say plums or pluots, would you still use 1 cup of fruit to 2 cups of yogurt? Would you peel the fruit? I would prefer to keep the peel…

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I honestly couldn’t say for sure since I haven’t tried it. You could probably keep the peels, but it will change the texture, I’d guess.

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’m honestly not sure… maybe? I just haven’t experimented with other options to know what the outcome would be.

  26. Farhaana

    I just dehydrated a batch at 115 F, in order to preserve the live cultures in the yogurt, and it took about 24 hours. I spread it in 2 layers on those round fruit leather mats that you can get for dehydrators. The kids really like it. I used 1/2 raspberries and 1/2 strawberries (what I had in the freezer). Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely be trying different versions of this out. I’ll try doing it while I’m dehydrating something else so that it is not in, using up enerby, all by itself :)

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